Lobed beaker

Lobed beaker

Lobed beaker
Partially gilded silver
Maker's mark possibly SC or a rebus
London, England
1525-6
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.577-2008
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This silver beaker is a rare and unusual survival, as relatively little domestic plate remains from the 16th century. It is one of the earliest surviving pieces of hallmarked silver, predated by only one other known example. The decoration on the bowl and foot are not directly comparable to other plate of the period. The proportions are also unusual for a silver beaker, but are similar to German mould-blown glass Waldglas Maigelein cups which can also be wide and low, and usually have a ribbed finish.